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Emerging Opportunities From Fixing Africa’s Power Infrastructure

By D.A. Barber, 04:58pm AFKI Original

Sub-Saharan Africa —home to six out of 10 of the fastest growing economies in the world – is challenged to maintain the impressive growth rates of close to 5 percent because it requires reliable and sustainable energy. Yet the power infrastructure remains inadequate. “The problem of inadequate electricity supply is multifaceted: it includes a lack of generating capacity, rundown existing stock and limited transmission and distribution infrastructure,” according to the International Energy Agency’s Oct. 13 Africa Energy Outlook report.

Oil and Gas Africa: Ophir Runs Up The Score In Equatorial Guinea

North-Dakota-Oil-Boom By Jeffrey Cavanaugh, 11:53am AFKI Original

As a frontier market, the countries of Africa represent both tremendous opportunities and tremendous risks. On the risk side of the ledger are all the usual complications of international trade and investment compounded by the problems inherent in a developing, emergent continental market consisting of 54 countries

AFKI Commodities Report: China, Eurozone Growth Worries Gold Lift

Thinkstock By Lynda Davies, 10:31am AFKI Original

Gold touched a six-week high on China growth worries before taking heavy losses. Oil prices rebounded on reports of lower Saudi Arabian supplies released to the market last month. ICE cocoa futures edged lower while Arabica coffee prices fell on anticipated rains in Brazil’s main-growing areas. Raw sugar futures dropped to a three-week low.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jakaya Kikwete By Keren Mikva, 11:16am AFKI Original

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has become well known as one of the most progressive and influential leaders in African politics, and has helped to turn around the Tanzanian economy since his assumption of power in 2005. Here are ten things you may not have known about President Kikwete. As Tanzania is still classified as a poor country, it is unable to recoup a sizable amount of money from its citizens in the form of taxes. In an interview with Tanzania Invest, Kikwete discussed the situation.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About South Africa’s Springbok Rugby Team By Keren Mikva, 12:13pm AFKI Original

Rugby is more than a sport in South Africa – it’s a way of life. Though it hasn’t reached the all-encompassing popularity of football, it still enjoys a massive following. The Springboks rugby union team is ranked number two in the world, and their green and gold jerseys are well known and respected around the world. Here are ten things you may not have known about South Africa’s Springboks rugby team.

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